The Blue Ridge Hike-With-Your-Dog Festival Comes to Asheville & Western North Carolina

Traveling to Western NC with your petTraveling with your pet is fun, but you may not always know where to go or what to do or where they'll be permitted during your vacation time. Thankfully, Asheville is a very dog-friendly city. Dogs are welcome at many of the local eateries and shops, in addition to the trails and specially designated dog parks like the one found at the French Broad River Park. (You can find a list of more of Asheville's dog-friendly parks and attractions here.) Western North Carolina offers some great pet-friendly events, too.

If you and your pooch are vacationing in Western North Carolina from October 3-6, you have a wonderful opportunity to experience one, some or all four days of guided hikes and events uniquely designed for hiking and exploring this beautiful part of the state with your dog. If you have always wanted to bring pet on a Blue Ridge Mountain hiking adventure, doggy-style, and you haven't made plans to be here, there's still time. It may be just what your dog needs to put a spring in his step and some extra wag in his tail. It will probably tire him out, too.

The four days of dog-friendly hikes are led by author Doug Gelbert. He has written over 20 books including Doggin' Asheville, which highlights his picks for the 50 best places to hike with your dog in the Blue Ridge Mountains. All of the featured hikes this weekend are free, and you can attend any or all of them. Registration is not required, but you may want to drop him a line to let him know you're coming in case of any last minute chHiking with your pet in Western NCanges or weather issues. You can reach him via email at

The days are jam-packed with activities, but here's just a sampling of what you'll find. On Thursday, October 3 the event kicks off with Yappy Hour at 5p.m. at Wag! in Hendersonville. Friday, October 4 offers a three waterfall hike at DuPont State Forest at 9a.m., woods-walking at Bent Creek Experimental Forest at 2p.m., and finishes with an Asheville walking tour for history hounds at 5p.m. Saturday, October 5 at 9a.m. hosts the featured hike of this festival to Black Balsam Knob at Milepost 420 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Enjoy a doggie fun swim at 2p.m. at DuPont State Forest, as well as a couple of additional hikes that day. Sunday, October 6 wraps up the festival with hiking and lunch at the Pink Beds picnic area in Pisgah National Forest beginning at 9a.m. and another hike later in the afternoon near the Davidson River Campground.

Visit the Blue Ridge Hike-With-Your-Dog Festival schedule for times, details, directions and descriptions of each day's activities.

Whew, that's a lot Pet friendly fun in Western NCof  pet-friendly fun packed into one weekend! All you need to do now is book your Western North Carolina pet-friendly accommodation. There are plenty of wonderful vacation rentals to choose from, with all of the amenities you desire. Peruse our offerings and select the one that is perfect for you and your furry friend.

Have you vacationed in Western North Carolina with your pet? What did you do? Where did you go? We'd love to hear about it, so drop us a line. Happy hiking!

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